Crime

8 contractors in SLO County accused of violations in sting

A statewide sting cracking down on unlicensed contractors uncovered eight offenders in San Luis Obispo County, according to the Contractors State License Board.

Nearly 100 people across California now face possible criminal charges after stings conducted Oct. 17 and 18. During the stings, investigators posed as homeowners seeking bids for home improvements, such as painting, flooring, landscaping, fence repair, tree trimming, gutter installation and water heater replacement.

Those arrested face a range of charges, from contracting without a license to illegal advertising, and requesting excessive down payment.

One of the offenders, according to the Contractors State License Board, was Gary Gene Gayer of Arroyo Grande, who allegedly had a license from 1988 through 1990 but has been operating without one for 22 years.

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